The UK has voted to leave the European Union after an historic EU Referendum on Thursday. Leave won by 52% to 48% for the Remain campaign, with an overall voting turnout of 71.8% - the highest turnout at a UK election since 1992.
The vote signals the start of many changes to the UK political landscape - starting with the resignation of David Cameron as PM this morning, who says he will step down by October.
2015: A Year in the Political Game
Before heading off for a holiday break, we took a look back at some of the highlights from this year of games industry engagement with government, parliament and UK politics.
We'd like to thank all of our members for their help throughout the year getting more recognition and support for our industry. None of what we do would be possible without you.
Games in Scotland: your views to Parliament
We have submitted evidence to an inquiry by the Scottish Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament. The Committee are examining the Creative Industries in Scotland, and asked for views on what more should be done to strengthen the sector.
Ed Vaizey backs games industry progress
Five years after first speaking to the conference, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey gave a warmly-received keynote address at Develop:Brighton today.
Hailing these "incredibly exciting times" for the UK games industry, after the introduction of Video Games Tax Relief and the reintroduction of computing into the curriculum, the Minister particularly welcomed Ukie's contribution to this ongoing work.
Ukie submission on skilled immigration rules
The government recently asked the Migration Advisory Committee, a semi-independent board of experts, to come up with ways to reduce skilled immigration into the UK. They are holding a consultation over the summer, which Ukie will be fully engaged in. They were also asked to give some initial thoughts on whether the salary thresholds for tier 2 visas (those for skilled immigrants) should be raised, and what impact this would have.
New figures show great first year for Video Games Tax Relief
The BFI have released today figures on games qualifying for games tax relief in the UK for the first year of tax relief (April 2014 – March 2015).
New BFI figures have revealed how many games have qualified for Video Games Tax Relief in its first year. Since the launch in April 2014, 19 games have received final certification and 48 have received interim certification, for a total of 67 games.
Shadow Creative Industries Minister meets Cambridge games companies
Ukie took senior Labour party MP Chris Bryant, to meet companies from Cambridge’s exciting games cluster last week.
The event was kindly hosted by Jagex, who gave Chris a tour of their studio and talked him through the history and future of their company, as well as the many different creative processes that go into making a game.
Ukie prepares for Chancellor's final Budget